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Rabbit-Proof Fence

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

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88

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 138
Fresh: 121 | Rotten: 17

Visually beautiful and well-acted, Rabbit-Proof Fence tells a compelling true-life story.

87

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 4

Visually beautiful and well-acted, Rabbit-Proof Fence tells a compelling true-life story.

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
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After directing a number of major motion pictures in the United States, Australian-born filmmaker Phillip Noyce returned home to make this remarkable adventure-drama, based on a true story as well as a lamentable period in his nation's history. When European settlers first arrived in Australia, there was an almost immediate conflict between the recent arrivals and the nation's indigenous people, whose rich cultural heritage which bore little resemblance to that of the Europeans. By the mid-19th

PG,

Drama

Christine Olsen

Apr 15, 2003

$6.0M

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All Critics (154) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (121) | Rotten (17) | DVD (19)

[Director Phillip] Noyce shows their awful, eventually uplifting journey without flinching, and the arid Australian wilderness is a co-star of the film.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Noyce trusts the power of the story to move us. He knows that, like the girls themselves, we'll find our way along Rabbit-Proof Fence.

January 23, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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It certainly has its moving moments.

January 6, 2003
Washington Post
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Searing dramatization of a story of remarkable courage, stamina and spirit.

December 27, 2002
Washington Post
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Many movies claim to illuminate the human spirit, but Rabbit-Proof Fence actually delivers.

December 27, 2002
Arizona Republic
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After making several commercial but impersonal actioners, Philip Noyce goes back to his Australian roots with this message film, which is powerful if also simplistic.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Rabbit-Proof Fence aspires to epic status, but it's really more of a well-done genre film...

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

strongest aspect rests with the educational value of its subject

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

Powerful drama about racism ok for tweens and up.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Such an amazing true story leaves many opportunities for overblown melodrama, but Noyce's naturalistic restraint is what makes the film resonate so strongly.

September 17, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Child performances are allways a deal breaker, but Noyce coaxes great range and rage from his child stars. As they trek across the vast land, the camera never gets in the way of focussing its energies on the protagnonists.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

Packs such an emotional wallop that it leaves you reeling...It may be one of the greatest movies ever made about the "white man's burden."

May 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

The grievous truth of what was done to these people, rather than for them, hits viewers hard in the film's unforgettable conclusion....

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

Adotando uma estrutura narrativa extremamente simples, Noyce conta a história de forma envolvente e emocionante.

March 18, 2004
Cinema em Cena

There is value in bringing this dark passage in Australia's history to light.

December 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

'Noyce logra su mejor trabajo hasta la fecha, demostrando que lo único que se necesita es la sensibilidad para contar una historia conmovedora y profundamente humana'

October 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Moviola

A tedious, labored affair that's only not boring when it's laughably over the top.

September 6, 2003 | Comments (3)
Las Vegas Weekly

Phillip Noyce makes us cry not at the way human determination triumphs, but how its mere existence can keep us going through seemingly insurmountable odds.

June 27, 2003 Full Review

Perhaps the major reason for its emotional wallop is how Noyce gets a remarkable performance out of his three little road warriors, untrained actors all, whose eyes alone carry enough sadness and determination to break a million hearts.

May 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

That the film can still move us despite its imperfections is part of its accomplishment.

May 3, 2003
Movie Metropolis

The film was based on actual events, and it makes broad statements about racism and human arrogance.

May 2, 2003

...dramatizes a staggering true story that would be hard to botch.

April 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

A haunting film about one of the great escapes of all time.

April 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Its compelling final visual will make you weep.

March 17, 2003 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Audience Reviews for Rabbit-Proof Fence

Rabbit-Proof Fence raises awareness of a very important and shameful chapter in Australian history but I'm not sure it does as good a job as it could have done. It feels more like a 'feel good' film rather than what it is, a horrific reality. It is directed beautifully and acted well, particularly by the three young children playing Molly, Daisy and Gracie. It was lovely to see the real Molly and Daisy at the end of the film and to hear them talk briefly of their ordeal but I don't feel it was enough. Yes, the fact that they managed to find their way home after escaping the camp is an awe-inspiring story but the really horrific parts like the fact that Gracie didn't survive, the camps went on for many decades and that most of the kids were sent away seemed to be skipped over. In order for us to truly appreciate the amazing escape, we need to know what they were escaping from in all its uncomfortable detail.
March 17, 2014
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Kenneth Branagh is a compelling villain, and some of the cinematography is great but there simply isn't enough plot to carry this true-story drama to the finish line with full attention in tow.
January 15, 2013
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

Rabbit-Proof Fence is visually stunning, well-acted film telling of the racism by the British against the Aboriginal peoples of Australia in the 1930's. It's an emotional, heart-breaking jouney enhanced by a haunting and beautiful score by Peter Gabriel.
March 25, 2011
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

A powerful true story revealing a time in Australian history known as "The Stolen Nation".

A gutsy focus on one family and their courage to evade their government forced destinies.

Great perforrmances all around.
August 15, 2010
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

    1. A.O. Neville: Just because people have Neolithic tools, Inspector, doesn't mean they have Neolithic minds.
    – Submitted by Frances H (14 months ago)
    1. Molly Craig: They make me sick, these people, they make me sick.
    – Submitted by Frances H (14 months ago)
    1. A.O. Neville: Half-caste children have been gathered up and brought here to give them the benefit of everything our culture has to offer. For if we are to fit and train such children for the future, they cannot be left as they are, and in spite of himself, the native must be helped.
    – Submitted by Frances H (14 months ago)
    1. A.O. Neville: If only they would understand what we are trying to do for them.
    – Submitted by Geoff T (2 years ago)
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Foreign Titles

  • Long Walk Home (Rabbit Proof Fence) (DE)
  • Le Chemin de la liberté (FR)
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